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The Game Plan

I admittedly haven’t been disciplined enough lately to stick to any sort of plan to get myself healthy again OR follow a plan that will set me up for success. There has been a LOT going on at home and we all know how stress, uncertainty and general malaise can set in when things at home aren’t good. The irony is that when things at home aren’t ideal, that’s all the more reason to focus on yourself and especially getting you into a better mind frame, both physically and mentally. At the very least, if you aren’t taking care of yourself it’s going to spiral into worse situations to handle down the road when attempting to get fit. Meanwhile, getting your head on straight and proverbially taking care of yourself internally (personal aesthetics none-withstanding!) will better assist you in dealing with all that stress, and especially anxiety, that can come from daily life.

My biggest issue? I eat emotionally. When I’m upset, I eat. I LOVE sweets. Love. Adore. Gimme. If I’m not being emotionally fulfilled, I’ll turn to chocolate and especially soda. Yes. Soda. The calorie killer. Worse, caffeine can increase the affects of anxiety; which I also have. So it makes sense doesn’t it? I’m upset, stressed, sad and I turn to the two things that are highest in caffeine (and caffeine is also highly addictive) and therefor will raise my adrenaline levels to create a sort of feeling of excitement.  Now, in moderation this wouldn’t be an issue. But whose’s talking moderation when one’s upset and just wants to feel a little better?!

I have taken steps to try and eat better at home. Unfortunately this hasn’t gone well with my current schedule. So lifestyle changes need to be made.

So what exactly is my Game Plan then? (and how?)

 

1.) Wean myself off of soda – One a day max for the next week, then one every other day for the week after, etc until done. Now if I get there sooner, than great.

2.) Plan meals as much as possible.

3.) Have back up quick meals available for those times when scheduling doesn’t go as planned.

4.) Eat smaller meals/snacks a day – 5x a day. At: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

5.) Don’t eat after 8pm

6.) Start taking vitamin supplements. Especially since I haven’t been eating well at all.

7.) Start taking my protein shakes again. Most likely as my 1pm meal after a work walk.

8.) Start running again. Even more important since I am now not only signed up for the Haunted Happy Family 5k at Walt Disney World in October, but have also registered for the Inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 10k in January.

9.) Start strength training 3x a week again. I’ve been considering getting the P90x3 or the T25 programs from Beachbody as I used to do P90X but an hour at home isn’t too easy to accomplish. 30 minutes I can find time for.

10.) Most importantly, make time for ME.

I have a plan. Now, GO!

Deadline didn’t quite happen

Well, so I wanted to start off April 1st eating better and cutting out fast food and soda in particular. That didnt happen, unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of my control. I wasn’t able to eat before leaving for work in the morning, so of course old habits kicked in and I got something on the way in since I didnt have anything at work that I knew I would be able to eat.

That being said, today I’m scaling back. I did get my usual bagel with egg and cheese and the soda, but held off on the cookies. I also was able to chow down on a waffle and some raspberries before I left the house. It’s not perfect, but it’s also not cold turkey and it’s a start! Today is the second, yesterday wasn’t a set back and I have the rest of the week to get into the right schedule. Besides, I have a birthday party to go to on Sunday and that will be filled with soda and cake. 😉 There is no point in denying myself and its known that if you deny yourself your cravings it will make it worse.

Its about moderation and in order to get back into that habit, one needs to make steps.

The wives tale is that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Recent research shows that the estimate is actually 66, but just like everyone it’s different from person to person. So, I resolve to make little changes every day and be consistent in them from day to day. This will hopefully allow me to ease into my new lifestyle choices and make better decisions when eating.

Tonight, is grocery shopping. Here I come fruits, proteins and good yummy stuff!

Cleaning out the Closets

So last night I get a wild hair and decide that as of April 1, I’m going to ‘reboot’ and get my proverbial health shit in order. My home has been rather healthcentric in thought processes lately and food has been one of them. We have to wonder how our own mothers did it but then again, the average work day when my parents generation was raising us was 9-5 and you were home by 5:30 if you weren’t a stay-at-home mom to be able to get things like cooking a decent, non-processed meal done. Now a days, I’m not home until 6:30 – 7:30 depending on what needs to get done after work and I’m up at 6, out the door by 7. So that means I’ve got to work within the time frames that work, school, family and what not allot me.

Last night, I went through my pantry and cleaned everything out. Reorganized, disposed of anything with an expiration date that wasn’t within this calendar year and made space. I don’t have much of a kitchen – it’s small and the three counter spaces that I have available to me were all covered with this and that – a microwave on one, the Keurig on the other and an organizer that hasn’t effectively been used since moving in years ago. Well, if it’s not being used, then it needs to be moved and I found myself at least a little space in which I can conduct food prep.

Cleaning out the closets also meant that I was able to take stock of what we had, what we weren’t eating that we had anyway and what we might need. The refrigerator still needs a once over as does the freezer, but that I’ll do after I go and restock supplies. Thankfully I know what’s in those so it’s just getting rid of what may have expired.

After restocking the shelves, I’m going to look into a scale that will sync with my Fitbit Force, or at least a reliable one that I can utilize for in home use. I generally go by how my clothes fit, and indeed it seems I’ve lost a bit here and there, (the hips though…ugh the hips!) but I’d like something to use as a regular, reliable touchstone.

I have vitamins that I can take to help out here and there with things and Bodybuilding.com MuscleTech Phase8 Protein Powder to make shakes with (which will become my after walk snacks at work)

So:

Food: Check
Weight Monitoring: Check
Reorganization: Check
Vitamins: Check
Motivation: Check
No Fast Food: Check
No Soda: Check

Starting tomorrow, (alright, March 31st instead of April 1), I will pledge to myself to become better. I deserve it.

Changing Lifestyles – Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So what do you do when you’re first meal of the day ends up inevitably being most of your daily allowance of calories? Changing your lifestyle isn’t easy! It’s far more convenient to live in the manner with which you’ve become accustomed and that’s exactly what I’m fighting with right now.

Take this McDonald’s ‘addiction’ I have. Its not so much that I prefer to eat at one of America’s most well known and horribly-unhealthy for you fast food chains! But the sheer fact of the matter is, it’s the most convenient option for me! Or, at least, I keep telling myself it is when I get up in the morning. I have four of them that I can count immediately that are directly between my home and my work. FOUR! It’s no wonder that the restaurant chain owns the largest share in it’s market!  And, well, yeah, I do have a soft spot for their Coke and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Yummmy! Too bad three of these bad boys = 480 calories!

 

I’m also the sort that isn’t hungry upon immediately waking up. I’d rather wait an hour or so before I ingest some wonderful sustenance. But I also have a tendency to wake up basically an hour before I need to leave the house to head into work. I dont have quite the same issue, for instance, on the weekends when I dont need to go anywhere first thing. I can take my time, wake up, and then eat when I’m ready. During the week, running around, trying to get into work, I would prefer to wait and generally dont find myself hungry until about an hour after waking. Issue there? By then I’m in the car and hey look…it’s one of those four McDonalds!

So then, the question begs to differ, how best to change my lifestyle to avoid the Calorie Pit? I can try to eat at home, prior to being hungry but the issue there in is that if I’m not hungry, I simply won’t eat! (Which makes sense, right? Why bother eating if A.) you’re not feeling it and B.) you’re not going to ENJOY what you’re putting in your mouth?!) I can eat when I get to work, but that entails making sure I have food there to eat – which also requires me anticipating what I’m going to WANT to eat for breakfast on any given morning.

 

I need this to determine lunch at work!

 

The first lifestyle change I think I need to make, is to stop going to fast food places first thing in the morning and eating 1000 calories right off the bat, and figuring out a different way to change how my mind thinks about breakfast.

Tummy Troubles

Went home early from work because I had a serious case of tummy yuck and the sincere feeling like a MAC truck had hit me. I was falling asleep at my desk so thankfully work understood and let me head home to rest. I should be good for work tomorrow which would be of great benefit. I hate missing out on a few hours pay, but I certainly needed the rest. Came home and slept for close to four hours!

Made the mistake of getting McDonald’s for dinner. Ugh. Tummy is icky again. I REALLY have to break this McDonald’s habit I have. That and soda. Soft drinks are going to be the death of me. Some people it’s gambling, alcohol, drugs, coffee (namely Starbucks) etc. For me, it’s soda pop..primarily McDonald’s coke and Cherry Coke. OMG yum.

Needless to say, coming home early meant no walking for me today and I’ll need to make up some hours during lunch the next few days so I’m going to have to find creative ways to get my exercise in for the week. I’ll manage.

Life is hectic, insane and rather uncertain right now. Lots going on and not quite ready to talk about it all just yet.

 

Starting Over

So after a wonderful weekend at Walt Disney World, in which the Walt Disney World Dolphin is our home resort of choice for a number of reasons, I am starting over today with my plans for better health and well-being. Five smaller meals a day and focus on walking when I can at work. It’s raining here today in Sunny Florida but I still got my butt out the door and walked, albeit at a slower clip, on my lunch break.

I started this morning with L’Eggo Cinnamon Toast Wafflers (2) and did stop at McDonalds for a soda and cookies. Yes, not necessarily the best choice, but I gotta wean myself off the soda! Cold turkey just isn’t an option for me. Lunch was a couple of slices of Boar’s Head London Broil and Overgold Turkey with White American cheese and there was some Publix Chocolate Cake in the break room that I grabbed a small sliver of.

I’ll get there!

I’m currently at 2.22 miles walked, 5,457 steps taken and 1,195 calories burned per my Fitbit.

 

Bandwagons…I’ve Fallen

So, I was doing great working on getting myself centered and back into a healthy lifestyle in order to get my body where I want it. I’m not unrealistic. It’s going to take a while and this Size 12 will be a bit before it’ll see a Size 5 again (or even a 6.)

I had started with eating five smaller meals a day as well as walking (power walking) every day at lunch. I mean, I get an hour and I don’t need that long so what else was I going to do?!) Now, if I could RUN during lunch that would be awesome, but I have no desire to gross out my coworkers with the glistening dew that will inevitably grace my presence after working out like that. So power walking it is!

Then I slid slowly off the wagon and let it all go again. Work, school, family…I’m starting to become convinced that I will be unable to attain all of my goals physically until I’m no longer having to worry about school! At least my final summer session is right around the corner.

So here is the game plan – I’m going to use the blog in part to help hold me responsible for meeting my goals. I’ll start posting my daily caloric intake/use and activity level (if any) for that day. I need to start getting myself disciplined. I have no excuses for that.

 

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